Maintaining consistent running motivation this winter has been a struggle. While there have been a few weeks of consistent training, most of my training so far this season has been a constant battle of whether or not to skip a run.
For the past 6 marathons, I’ve successfully trained with 4 runs each week. However, last winter I discovered a surprising amount of success training for a 25k with a low mileage training plan. This plan included just 3 runs each week, and I found myself feeling refreshed, focused and healthier than ever each time I headed out the door.
I am feeling so much more motivated for this season of marathon training now that I’ve made the decision to switch to a lower mileage training plan. I feel confident about my ability to complete the distance having done so before, and much more motivated to log miles each week knowing that the miles are more spread out.
With all that being said, I am slowly starting to feel like I am getting back in the game and am ready to continue to train with lower mileage. I love that extra cross training day each week and am looking forward to the long runs each weekend.
Here is my marathon training recap for week 7!
Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 7
Monday, 3/4 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for the past three marathons. Regardless of the training plan, I will always incorporate this yoga routine on a weekly basis. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
I love starting the week out with some yoga, especially after a long run. I could feel some definite hot spots on the back of my legs, so I will definitely be using some of the stretches and poses here throughout the week to keep things loose and fresh.
Tuesday, 3/5 – 6 miles
After battling low motivation for the past few weeks, I decided that the best strategy is to literally just do it. It always takes me a few weeks before things start to feel like a routine again, but I never regret forcing myself to get out there, no matter how much I think I don’t want to.
I was definitely caught off guard by how cold it was during this run! After a weekend of warmer temperatures it felt like we were back in the arctic with this 0 degree run. However, it didn’t take long to warm up and I was so happy to feel those endorphins again.
Wednesday, 3/6 – Strength Workout
This strength workout is another one of my favorites. I love how these exercises target the most neglected and injury prone areas of the body, and have found a great deal of injury free success since I began completing this workout on a regular basis.
I am finally starting to feel a bit stronger and love noticing progress each week. This workout was fairly easy to complete! I added a 15 minute core workout to the end as well to begin to refocus on strengthening my core.
Thursday, 3/7 – Yoga for Core Strength
I was so excited to have an extra cross training day this week! After walking the dog, I decided to complete one of my favorite yoga routines with an emphasis on core strength. I wasn’t really feeling energetic enough to complete a high intensity workout, but this yoga routine was the perfect balance of strength and burn.
Friday, 3/8 – 4 miles
It was sunny and beautiful for this run! I started to feel a bit sluggish after the first mile but overall it wasn’t bad, especially since I was able to run the last mile with our puppy. After quite a few weeks off from running due to vacation and his random paw infection, he did surprisingly well. I can’t wait until he is old enough to be my running buddy each day!
Saturday, 3/9 – 10 miles
This run was HARD. I started out with a very negative mindset and I think that set me up to struggle right from the beginning. My body was feeling a bit less than stellar and I was just not mentally prepared for a long run. These 10 miles were very, very slow, but I’m proud of myself for completing them.
It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago during marathon training I was completing 18 and 20 milers that felt better than this 10 mile run! Running really puts things in perspective and reminds us that our body is constantly changing. Here’s hoping I am able to pick up the pace with a bit more ease next week 😉
Sunday, 3/10 – Rest
This week was much needed after quite a few weeks of missed runs, vacation and freezing weather. I am so excited for the rest of this training season and can’t wait to experiment with low mileage running once again. Spring is so close!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 6
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1 – 5
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap
- New York City Marathon Race Recap